MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – It was a cold night in the Twin Cities for the Ohio State women’s volleyball team as it fell to No. 5 Minnesota in three sets (25-22, 25-22, 25-19) on Saturday in Maturi Pavilion. The Buckeyes (13-12, 6-8 B1G) are 0-2 against the Golden Gophers (23-2, 12-2 B1G) this season and have lost the last five meetings.
Ayanna Swan came through with 10 kills on the night. The rookie had a .500 (10-2-16) hitting percentage, a new career high. Luisa Schirmer earned her 14th match of the season in double-digit kills (13). Taylor Hughes did a little bit of everything on her way to 31 assists, eight kills and six digs.
SET 1: The Buckeyes had a 5-2 lead to open the match. Minnesota quickly closed the gap and tied the score 11 times before getting ahead, 20-19. OSU fought to get back in it but dropped the set, 25-22.
SET 2: Schirmer tallied seven kills on 13 error-free swings as the team hit .421 in the second stanza. Ohio State trailed 11-7 to get things going. A Hughes-Witte block locked the set at 17-all and Witte followed up with a nice kill to give the squad its first lead, 18-17. The rest of the rally went point-for-point until Minnesota pulled away for another 25-22 victory.
SET 3: The Gophers doubled up on the Buckeyes, 10-5, early in the third. A 5-2 run helped reduce the deficit to 12-10. Minnesota strung together five straight points to send the Buckeyes to their bench. OSU tried to rally but fell short, 25-19.
The Scarlet & Gray will visit Rutgers for a midweek matchup on Wednesday, Nov. 8. First serve is marked for 7 p.m. ET.
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